Songs of the night:
Let the Linning streak continue!
Songs of the night:
Let the Linning streak continue!
Saw this on Alan Hahn's twitter. Lin is the headliner for a Raps home game..
Thanks for getting the GT up early. That's how it should be done. +1.
6 in a row! Raptors have pulled together slightly of late, losing marginally to good teams. They beat the Celtics who couldn't keep up with them. Lord knows they wouldn't be able to keep up with Lin, Fields and Shump!
I thought Bargnani was out?
Nice thread and I can't wait to see Amar'e running the PnR with Lin. But WTF is going on with that pool pic...
Where's his d**k..?
duhhhh, Andrea Parmigiani's been out, and won't be back for another month.
ya really think Billy Walkie's gonna start over Girafferies? I don't think so.
the Giraffe has earned his minutes more, and the wall of defense that A'mare
will add to Chandler and Giraffe's past week of success deems him a starter until
Melo returns. IMHO.
Looking forward to Lin-time with A'mare. 30 point game coming up for STUD.
25 and 10 for Spike Lin.
As long as Knicks can keep Calzone and DeRozan in check, we should roll over
these Canadian bacons. the Johnson's are limp players.
Go NY Go NY Go
Lin Lin Lin Lingus
Lin will get 30+ points.
Calderon is a worst defender than the Fish.
Damn its still surreal to me how much attention Lin is getting..
^Word. Although I do think Amare and Carmelo's return will take a load of pressure of Lin and should possibly help him play even better.
Nice thread but you missed that Bargnani is OUT. He got injured against the Jazz three weeks ago. He is out indefinitely
Praise the Lord we have a game thread to read instead of all the clutter that's popped up with the tons of other repetitive threads... thanks for putting it up early and pray it doesnt degenerate into judgments of how much the coach sucks, how Melo is gonna suck, and how anyone who disagrees with your POV sucks.
Amare will be feasting like a zombie on a fat kid for over 30+ points. He's probably itching to get on the court after everything that has happened the last week. A focused and determined Amare is an unstoppable Amare.
Starting Bill Walker or Jared Jeffries? I say start Novak. It's only Rasual Butler going up against him (unless they have James Johnson starting). I'd think having Novak on the edges with Jeremy doing PnR with Tyson and Amare could jumpstart this game big time and get us in the right flow.
Jeffries should be used as the first big man off the bench to cover 3-5 with Shump covering 1-3.
Max 10 mins for Walker and Bibby, and for God sakes let Toney and Balkman play if we build a 30 point lead to see if somehow we can get them traded.
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Amar'e Stoudemire left the New York Knicks last week after an unknown reserve named Jeremy Lin sparked a seemingly innocuous victory.
It's since turned into "Linsanity."
Stoudemire returns to the lineup Tuesday night for the Knicks, who hope to make it six straight wins when they face the struggling Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
Stoudemire spent the last week grieving the death of his older brother, Hazell, who was killed in a car crash. The star forward missed four games after scoring 17 points in a 99-92 win over New Jersey on Feb. 4, just the Knicks' third in 14 games.
That victory, however, has spurred a turnaround for New York (13-15) with Lin as the center piece. He emerged from the bench to score 25 points with seven assists against the Nets, a performance that prompted coach Mike D'Antoni to insert him into the lineup as the starting point guard.
Since then, it's been nothing short of hoopla, dubbed "Linsanity."
Lin, the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week, is averaging 26.8 points and 8.0 assists while leading the Knicks to five consecutive wins, their longest since a seven-game run from March 28-April 10. That's a colossal difference from Lin's 3.6 points per game and 1.9 assists in his first nine contests with New York, making him a bona fide fan favorite and national curiosity.
Now, there are growing questions of whether the Knicks' budding star will be able to produce upon the returns of Stoudemire and -- especially -- the injured Carmelo Anthony (groin).
D'Antoni calls the talk "ludicrous," and said Lin has given the Knicks a "spirit" and a "swagger" that they were lacking.
"You go into every game thinking you're going to win, and it changes everybody's mood," said D'Antoni, whose job was rumored to be on the line before Lin's breakout week.
Lin came up big again Saturday, drawing a foul and hitting a free throw with 5 seconds to go to put New York up for good in a 100-98 win at Minnesota. While Lin finished with 20 points and eight assists, he got considerable help from Iman Shumpert's 20 points and 19 from Landry Fields.
"It's been unbelievable," center Tyson Chandler said. "He's really changed the mindset and mentality of this team."
With Stoudemire back and Lin proving he can carry the load, the Knicks are staring at a chance to go back above .500 for the first time since they were 6-5 following a loss at Memphis on Jan. 12. Their next three games are against teams with losing records, hosting Sacramento on Wednesday and New Orleans on Friday after their visit to Toronto (9-20).
Stoudemire is averaging 29.3 points and 12.0 rebounds in his last three games against the Raptors. He missed the most recent matchup on Jan. 2 due to an ankle injury, and Lin didn't get off the bench in a 90-85 home loss.
New York has won its last two games at Toronto.
The Raptors have dropped two of the first three games on their seven-game homestand, falling 94-92 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Jose Calderon will likely find himself matched up against Lin at the point, and he's hoping to build on his own dazzling performance. The guard had a career-high 30 points and six assists while hitting 13 of 18 from the field, including all four 3-pointers, against the Lakers.
He's averaging 13.2 points in 12 home games, but was limited to nine while dishing out 12 assists against the Knicks last month.
DeMar DeRozan had 21 points in that meeting after scoring 36 in a 131-118 loss in New York on April 5.
Last edited by portega1968; Feb 14, 2012 at 09:27.
Good to see Stat is back. The Lin show continues, if the Target Center in MN draws the 4th biggest crowd ever you'll need a shoe horn to get everyone in that Air Canada Center, there's like a billion Chinese people in Toronto.